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by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 34
Views: 6182

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

You'd think it was the apocalypse. If it comes to it, surely someone can stand in.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Ratings
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Ratings

Well, I'm not sure there is a simple answer, but you can start off by reading through this Apterous ticket to see what people's opinions are on the two different systems.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who have toasted marshmallows. How is that a thing? It's such an arbitrary thing to do. Excuse me a minute while I stir fry some gummy bears.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Joyce Cansfield
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: RIP Joyce Cansfield

Sad news. First ever Countdown champion.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Yahoo groups are closing soon
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Yahoo groups are closing soon

But anyway, I should have the Talk4 discussion saved somewhere so I can e-mail it to someone who wants to put it somewhere for safe keeping.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Yahoo groups are closing soon
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Yahoo groups are closing soon

That's a bit shit. How would you archive a Yahoo group anyway other than by saving each post individually?
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 8143

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Do we need to say if we're doing the curry? I'm in.

Edit - And Noel Pereira as well.
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:26 pm
Rebekah Vardy.
People that follow the world of pointless "celebrity" gossip.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 77)
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 77)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Ray Wilding wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:49 pm
SHITLOAD in R12.
I’ll bet they spotted this and it was cut.
Nick: “Anything else?”
DC: “...Not a lot.”
Did they actually say "Not a lot?" Because it's the exact opposite of that.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Perfect Countdown player profile
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: Perfect Countdown player profile

Mark Deeks wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:41 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:14 am
As a famous Countdown champion once said, to be a Countdown champion you have to be either autistic or a cheeseball.
In related news, have you sent your application in yet?
No. I'm waiting for the new host.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Perfect Countdown player profile
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: Perfect Countdown player profile

As a famous Countdown champion once said, to be a Countdown champion you have to be either autistic or a cheeseball.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:23 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:44 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:14 am
People who call a PIN a "pin number".
Same people who refers to ATMs as ATM machine.
I do believe there is a word for this.....I think it was on Only Connect
Edit it is called RAS syndrome
tis a tautology, and yeah it was an OC round once.
OC Connect.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say "The reason being is..."
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 8143

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Great Notley parkrun is the one to be at beforehand.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 185
Views: 44624

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I used to think that the crown jewels were just the jewels in the queen's crown. In fact, I don't think it's that obvious that they aren't, but apparently they aren't. Most of you are probably finding out for the first time that they aren't.
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who set their clocks fast. I've never understood anyone who has done this because they all know that it's 5, 10, or whatever minutes fast, which surely defeats the point... A frequently-quoted and plausible reason why people do this, is that the computation you have to do, e.g. "my clock say...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 8143

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:47 pm
I can if you want but I've never done one before so it could go horribly wrong.
It's done.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 8143

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

I can if you want but I've never done one before so it could go horribly wrong.
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 8143

Re: CoBra (Essex) -- Saturday 2 November 2019

FOCAL Countdown wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:49 am
Three weeks to go! </nudge>
www.focalcountdown.co.uk/braintree2019
Facebook event page! </nudge>
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: No Shit Sherlock

In retrospect I should have named the thread Quelle Surprise Or No Twit Sherlock, given the dominant subject matter in this thread. Anyone can block who they like for whatever reason they like (or no reason at all) - no public justification needed. i know that, but only the worst sorts of people wo...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 10th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 73)
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 10th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 73)

Peter Mabey wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:07 pm
Easier 3rd numbers alt: (25x4-8)x9
That gets you 828. I think the target was 838.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 72)
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 72)

Paul is a pretty good player. His biggest weakness is probably thinking that he can do 6 small.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 215
Views: 53367

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:47 am
How many years will this rollover ?
None. It makes no sense for it to. It would need to be specified in advance for it to have any validity as a competition, but even then it would be completely pointless and you'd have to wait for decades to declare a winner.
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 215
Views: 53367

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Mark Deeks wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:29 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:53 pm
Robert Mugabe
Ginger Baker
Jake LaMotta
David Attenborough
Paul Gascoigne
Prunella Scales
Peter Sallis
Joost van der Westhuizen
Glen Campbell
Fernando Ricksen

Baker today makes 7 for 10, a dominant performance
Didn't die in 2017 though.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

As far as I understand, no-one found out my real name until I signed up for COLIN in 2011, and although my name is not really a secret any more, I still prefer not to use it on here, and I think it's a bit shitty for someone to keep using it. Thoughtless probably - I doubt any malice was intended. ...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Anyway, as we have this thread: First of all, before everyone joined Facebook in around 2007/8, almost all internet stuff was done using "fake" names. People did not use real names on internet forums as a matter of course. But for some reason, almost uniquely, Countdowners did, and somehow I was the...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 556
Views: 161316

Re: Is Apterous down?

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:45 am
Charlie Reams wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:52 pm
Please don't chat in this thread, I have to drop everything to read new posts in here (including my trousers).
His trousers would already have been down after the first comment.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:23 am
😮Did Gev make a typo ?
I think I can be forgiving.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

5. To your recollection, what fake account on Apterous managed to fool people into thinking it was a real person for the longest time? I think it's the name that's fake, not the person. Not that there's such a thing as a "real" name anyway. Names are just arbitrary labels we apply to ourselves, eve...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 7th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 70)
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Spoilers for Monday 7th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 70)

David Williams wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:03 pm
I awarded myself seven points for CAGEFUL without a moment's doubt. Wrongly. Comes up a lot more in daily life than RODENTIAN, I would have thought.
I'd say it's pretty much a 0-0 draw. I looked it up just to see assuming it wouldn't be in.
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 7th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 70)
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Spoilers for Monday 7th October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 70)

Tom S wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:38 pm
Any more than 5 in Round 4? Could not get past it myself...
Apterous says 5 is the max.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 556
Views: 161316

Re: Is Apterous down?

I was trying to reprimand Toby, aka Gavin Chipper, for scolding Ronan. Do you remember Superman II when Clark Kent revealed himself as Superman to Lois Lane? Such intrigue! Of course, I am only known on this forum as Gavin or Gevin. Anyone mentioning any other name is clearly acting in a terrible m...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

an Oreo is vegan, but it is not plant-based How is it not plant-based? Are wheat, sugar cane, cacao etc. not plants? Also: Oreos are not vegan . It's not that simple though . Plus, Matt can be forgiving for thinking they are not plant-based as they give the distinct impression of having been produc...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 556
Views: 161316

Re: Is Apterous down?

Ronan M Higginson wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:49 pm
Charlie could you help?
Life lesson: Always have something in your life other than Apterous in case it ever goes down.

In your case school.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees the...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

It comes from a position where there is something "wrong". I appreciate autism can make life harder, but it's not a mental illness. But whether it's classed as an illness, condition or whatever, its very existence as a classifiable thing makes it in some way a negative pejorative thing, or at least...
by Gavin Chipper
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 9th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 50)
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Spoilers For Monday 9th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 50)

Just inside the 30 days.

Wait - isn't it 30 seconds?
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How autistic are you?
Replies: 107
Views: 4513

Re: How autistic are you?

I got 14, so I'm average for a woman. But also, autism doesn't exist. There is no biological difference that can be tested for that you can then look at and say "there's the autism bit. Should we cut it off or leave it in?" All psychological disorders are inventions for us to kid ourselves that peo...
by Gavin Chipper
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

If you're talking someone describing themselves I believe the difference lies in eating vs the whole of life. So what are you saying the difference is? That "plant-based" people wear leather shoes and vegan people don't? I don't think that much thought goes into it to be honest. It's just a stupid ...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 596
Views: 114198

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say "plant-based" instead of "vegan". They are allowed to eat salted mushrooms you know.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 2nd October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 67)
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 2nd October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 67)

Neil Bellers wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:04 pm
Hello again everyone from Neil B. I may have imagined it, but there was a 1st October Countdown shown sometime on Tuesday
(I don't think I am allowed to begin a Spoiler page by myself) ?
You should be able to unless you've been specifically banned for bad behaviour!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

The way I see it, they're a hospital. It's completely outside of their role and beyond their jurisdiction to be trying to stop someone going somewhere else for treatment. The doctor's duty of care is to the patient, not to the parents/next of kin. If the doctor believes that a procedure or transfer...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

But surely if she is an NHS patient then any medical costs would have to be paid by the the NHS. I think there are two issues here - 1) Hospitals/doctors abroad that prey on the desperation of vulnerable parents and promise unproven treatments, often without having even seen the child. 2) Cost to t...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I always think it's weird when hospitals try to stop people from being taken to other countries for treatment such as the case outlined here and here . In this case the court has ruled that the girl can go abroad, but I've seen other cases where they've ruled against. A hospital might argue that fu...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 159
Views: 19056

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

Do people not understand where the right of way lies with a zebra crossing?
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I always think it's weird when hospitals try to stop people from being taken to other countries for treatment such as the case outlined here and here . In this case the court has ruled that the girl can go abroad, but I've seen other cases where they've ruled against. A hospital might argue that fur...
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 11144

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Fiona T wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:56 pm
(Although I do think on the parkrun side it should apply to age grading, not finish position!)
Maybe we could run two systems alongside each other!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 11144

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Well this is quite an interesting discussion. And although it's being billed as "my" system, I think some credit at least has to go to Tim Down for suggesting sensible improvements - increasing the max from 100 to 1000 so that we can then just round the scores and not bother with decimal points. Whi...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

It's a slippery slope. If compulsory vaccinations become law then it won't be long before people get chipped. It's all about civil liberties in the end. How would you feel about compulsory circumcisions because it s healthier I think this is a bit silly really. You have to take things on their own ...
by Gavin Chipper
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I thought I might have posted about this before but I can't find it. Anyway I read this about whether vaccinations should be made compulsory. Obviously it makes sense that parents with anti-scientific views shouldn't be able to stop their children from being vaccinated, since vaccination would help...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2838

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

I might as well do live music while I'm here. If you go to see a band live it's not as good as listening to their recorded music. "Oh but - but the atmosphere". Whatever. It's not the main thing. The quality of the music from a band performing live is invariably worse than their recorded music. It's...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I'm not sure that something can really be described as racist if there is no intent. You can call it offensive, but even then nothing is offensive in a vacuum. If someone decides to paint their face black in their own room alone and dance about a bit, and then wash their face before anyone sees them...
by Gavin Chipper
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:24 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:27 pm
Is "brownface" or "blackface" intrinsically racist, or does intent and context matter?
Let's ask this community of almost exclusively white people!
Well it can be put as a more general question of whether someone's intent makes something -ist or whether it's someone taking offence from it.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 519
Views: 93980

Re: Politics in General

I thought I might have posted about this before but I can't find it. Anyway I read this about whether vaccinations should be made compulsory. Obviously it makes sense that parents with anti-scientific views shouldn't be able to stop their children from being vaccinated, since vaccination would help ...
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 11144

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Yeah, not sure what happened with the E.
by Gavin Chipper
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Controversial Musical Opinions.
Replies: 59
Views: 2838

Re: Controversial Musical Opinions.

Albums are generally overrated. A couple of good songs and mostly filler. An album track is the equivalent of a straight to DVD film. "What's your favourite album?" is also a weird question. People have favourite songs. You're asking them to work out some sort of average across the album, which is a...
by Gavin Chipper
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Peoples Choice Chart
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Peoples Choice Chart

Excellent. C4C is making a comeback!
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Lisa Hermann
Replies: 8
Views: 899

Re: RIP Lisa Hermann

Goodness - this is quite a shock. I never met Lisa but she was posting on the old Channel 4 (Reach 4/Talk 4) forum when I first discovered it back in about 2001.
by Gavin Chipper
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 63)
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 63)

It's been a while since the last octochamp before today but I can't be bothered to work out if 9 is still realistic right now.